7 Ways to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection ...

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Urinary tract infections are painful, and though they’re relatively easy to treat, it’s so much better to just NOT get one!

But often times we get them, and don’t even know how!

And some women are more prone to others to get them… I’ve been talking to my doctor about them, and here are his tips on how to prevent a urinary tract infection…

1. Urinate after Sex

Urinate after Sex

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During sex, tiny bits of bacteria can make their way into our urinary tracts, so my doctor says this is the best way to prevent a UTI.

Urinating after sex flushes out those bacteria, and is key to preventing a painful urinary tract infection.

It may not be the most romantic thing to do right after sex, but… it’s better than getting a UTI… and having to avoid sex for a week or so while you recover…

2. Wear Cotton Panties

Wear Cotton Panties

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Cotton breathes, but some fabrics, like rayon and nylon, do not.

My doctor recommends skipping the “fancy” underwear in favor of cotton panties… a quick check of the Victoria’s Secret website reveals, thankfully, that it’s completely possible to find sexy cotton underwear, so you won’t be forced to wear unattractive granny panties to avoid a UTI… whew!2

3. Change out of Wet Swim Suits Right Away

Change out of Wet Swim Suits Right Away

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Wet swimsuits are another potential breeding ground for nasty UTI-causing bacteria… plus they’re uncomfortable!

Always change out of a wet swim suits as soon as you’re done swimming.

4. Drink Plenty of Water

Drink Plenty of Water

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In order to keep your urinary tract flushed, clean, and infection-free, you need to drink plenty of water.

Drinking plenty of water will help you urinate regularly, and that’s the best way to flush these bacteria out.

5. Wipe Front to Back

Wipe Front to Back

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When you’re using the bathroom, it’s important to wipe from your front to your back, and not the other way around, since wiping from the back will spread the germs and bacteria that are guaranteed to give you a nasty urinary tract infection.

Yikes!

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